Keep It Simple

“Minimalism” is definitely a buzz word in today’s culture, which makes some people leery of the lifestyle’s benefits. “Less is more” is not a common or popular idea and living the simple life is often counter-cultural. From billboards and commercials to social media, we are bombarded every day by hundreds of messages that clutter up our awareness and our lives. Reducing the stress of having cluttered space in your life, whether it’s mental or physical, is what minimalism is all about. In other words, keep it simple. Simplicity is making space in your life for what’s truly important and cleaning the clutter out. This means something different for everyone. Maybe you have a house that is filled down to the last nook and cranny. Or maybe you just have a lot on your plate at the moment with no time to just experience life. Whatever the case, practicing simplicity has numerous benefits that go beyond what the trend of “minimalism” can describe. Freedom: the more material things and stress that we have, the more we are tied down. Possessions tend to keep us in one place when we fear losing them. Stress can hamper our willingness to let ourselves feel free to try new things and live life to the fullest. Giving up the hold that materialism and anxious living have on you can open up the doors of your life to many new things. Joy: possessions and the stressful situations that we find ourselves in do not give meaning to our lives. More often than not, they distract us from what is truly important and leave us with...

Does the word “Diet” confuse you? If you are a company, do you feel like you are crossing the line if you refer to your employee’s diet? Here is my take…………

Does the word “Diet” confuse you?  If you are a company, do you feel like you are crossing the line if you refer to your employee’s diet? Here is my take………… I personally get frustrated when I hear the word “diet”, but I must remind myself that the word diet means both: “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats” and “a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons”.  I prefer the first definition because a diet is the kinds of foods one chooses according to his or her lifestyle.  Lifestyle is not easily changed, yet it is the one thing that must change to lose body fat, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, or reverse or prevent diabetes.  Lifestyle is not only diet, it also includes stress, sleep, social activities, and exercise which all play a role in how healthy or unhealthy we are.  It is easy to forget that stress is one of the biggest reasons that people are overweight, and that lack of sleep contributes to poor food choices.  The combination of habits is important, and our diet is just a piece of it. This New Year is already bombarding us with people and media discussing “What diet will help us drop those pounds?”  Then they list the top diets this year.  No wonder we all gets confused on what is right verses wrong with diets year after year.  I struggle with the fact that now the word “diet” is primarily used as a short-term fix to drop those pounds.  These short-term fixes...

On Average, How often are you sitting a day?

On average, how many hours a day do you spend sitting down at a desk, in a car, or on the couch? How many of those sitting hours could you have spent standing up? According to the American Heart Association, the average American sits for a total of six to eight hours each day. This is dangerous because studies have shown links between sitting for long periods of time and an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. After hearing this, standing up at work seems more important than initially thought. Here are a few easy ways you can do to stay moving throughout the work day:   Sit on something wobbly, such as a medicine ball. That will force your core muscles to be engaged even while sitting down. This will also take pressure off your back! Set a timer on your phone to remind yourself to stand up and walk around or stretch every 35 minutes or so. The more your blood is pumping the better your brain can think. Track your steps. An easy way to get more steps is by walking to a co-worker’s desk to ask a question instead of calling or sending an email. Try a standing desk if possible! While you may think this type of change is not allowed in your workplace, it can’t hurt to ask. Walk around during your lunch break. Go for an easy walk during on break instead of sitting. If it’s hard for you to walk and eat, squeeze in a quick 5 min walk after eating. This not only is great for blood...

On Target Health

Are you still looking for a program that helps your population with obesity?  Have you tried the biggest loser contest to find that so many people “lose weight” during the challenge but quickly gain it back.  The truth is more times than not most people are losing muscle and not fat during that challenge.  Fat which is the “root cause” to so many chronic diseases has to be the focus but when losing fat does not always mean the scale will move down in the beginning. Most people begin “diets” and the first thing they do is cut out meals, snacks, or simply just not eat.  There is not a cream, drink, or anything else that is going to help you lose weight if your lifestyle and knowledge of your body is not in line. The On Target program helps you to understand your numbers.  It will help you to identify body fat percentage, lean mass percentage, water percentage and your resting metabolic rate.  All these numbers are important to know exactly what your body needs to lose “FAT”.  During the program you have a health coach that provides support, talks thru choices to make with food, and more.  You are constantly being checked to watch your body fat percentage and lean mass because its important to move the fat down and lean mass up.  If you only checked your weight or BMI you probably would not see much change! Please contact us so we can share with you more about the program and how it truly can help you and your employees with the battle of obesity, diabetes,...

Fact vs Fiction….What Millennials really want from worksite wellness

Millennials are now the largest generation in the workforce. This age group, born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, accounts for one-third of the total population and outnumbers Generation Xers and baby boomers.1 Yet their health needs are varied and nuanced. For today’s employer, simply knowing that millennials are everywhere isn’t actionable. Wellness initiatives based on generalized and simplistic assumptions can undermine employee morale and retention, productivity, and health outcomes. The emergence of health analytics is helping reveal what simple statistics cannot: the unique demographics, trends and health profile of your millennial population. With data, you can reevaluate employee wellness to segment your millennial workforce, plan tailored engagement strategies, and implement personalized interventions. The first step in developing your millennial wellness strategy is understanding the themes that define this generation’s view of health. Here are ten forces to consider when crafting your strategy for millennial wellbeing. Click Below to keep reading……….. fact vs. fiction-what millennials really want from worksite...

Is your company Looking to offer a unique FITNESS class

Kangoo Jump Rebound Shoes are an amazing and safe approach to cardio and core work.  It saves your joints and improves your endurance for ALL fitness activities and levels.  It is also a great way to train runners to strengthen and lengthen their stride. www.kangoojumps.com/health Would your company like to try a FREE introductory class?  If so please contact Jaime Bowling at 317.715.1415 or jbowling@spirewell.com...

Would you like to change your employee population diabetic statistics………..

Are you still looking for a program that helps your employees and dependents with a program that helps them lose FAT weight.  A program that helps their diabetic state, stress management, and allows them to eat foods within their lifestyle.  We have a program that I know will make your employees healthier and might even reduce the spend of medications to the employees and employer.  A program that helps change behavior and that is sustainable.   We have a client that has had 335 employees go thru this program losing a total of 5,312 fat lbs over 2.5 years……WOW!  And 80% has sustained that weight after the program.  Would you like to learn more about this program?  We know America faces more and more cases of DIABETES…..help your...